The aim of hypnotherapy for childbirth, or hypnobirthing as it is sometimes called, is to help the Mum to give birth in a relaxing, soothing environment which is free from stress, anxiety and fear.
It is natural for the Mum to be, to be anxious, stressed and afraid during labour, and this can prevent the muscles used in birthing from working as they should. The hope is that by having Hypnotherapy, the mum can learn techniques to promote a sense of calm and tranquillity.
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is the term which describes using hypnosis in childbirth.
Hypnotherapy will provide you with a better birthing experience. Of course, every birth is different, and hypnobirthing is not to be taken as a guarantee that everything will run smoothly. Instead, it gives mum back control and a better chance of feeling relaxed, calm and happier throughout the labour.
It is ever more popular for expectant mums looking for a natural approach, those who would instead not use medication/drugs during the birth. It is also popular for those who feel worried or stressed about the delivery. This may be especially true if it is your first child, or if you had a stressful experience during previous deliveries.
Stress can increase pain
During the labour, if mum feels anxious, stressed or even afraid – stress hormones (like adrenaline) will be flooding through the body. Adrenaline is the hormone that puts the body into ‘fight or flight’ mode. The blood is pushed towards the bigger muscle groups in the limbs, in case there need to run away from the perceived danger or threat.
The perceived ‘threat’ is giving birth, so no matter how fast mum can run, she cannot get away from having this baby! With the blood flowing faster to these muscles, the womb is not getting as much blood/oxygen, which can make the muscles weaker.
While stress is naturally going to happen when a lady is in labour, by keeping it at a low as we can level will help the body to cope with the birthing process and help reduce your perception of pain.
When should a mum be contact me?
As with almost, we learn, practice makes perfect. This is true of Hypnobirthing – the more time mum has to practice, the more confident she will feel when she puts her skills into action.
Ideally, contact me between 25-30 weeks to give plenty of time to practice.
Don’t worry if you are further along, however, as many people say they benefited regardless of how early in the pregnancy before giving birth.
Research has revealed that there are several benefits to using Hypnotherapy for birth, some of which are listed below. Each new mum is different, and it is crucial that she does what is best for her.
Benefits of hypnobirthing include:
- Higher chance of a shorter labour.
- Reduced chance of surgical/medical intervention required.
- Higher chance of baby feeding and sleeping well.
- Increased sense of bonding between mother, father and child.
- Reduced recovery time for the mother.
As this is an all-natural approach, there is no risk of harmful side-effects, something that appeals to a lot of expectant mums.
There is a lot of discussion about childbirth but remember; there is no right or wrong way to do it. If you’re pregnant, exploring all the options and learning more about the different approaches is a significant first step to figuring out how the birth to go.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnobirthing is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. Contrary to myth and popular belief at no time during the session are you in a trance or unaware of your surroundings. Instead, you are in a very relaxed state of mind.
So that you can experience what it is like to be in the state of Hypnosis, I have included a free sample click here
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